Sunday, August 24, 2008

A Lonely White Stork - Poor is the Garden ........

Poor indeed is the garden in which birds find no homes.
Abram L. Urban

White stork at Borris, West Jutland

The last white stork left on September 11th 2003, and now in 2008 the white stork is considered extinct in Denmark.

The breeding white stork pairs in DK have not had young birds on their wings since 2000. 150 years ago there were 10.000 breeding stork pairs in Denmark. The reason for the decline are several factors in the development of the Danish agriculture which with intensive operations has removed the food subjects of the white stork in a degree, which makes this great bird avoid breeding in Denmark.

DOF (Dansk Ornitologisk Forening) has with a support from Aage Jensen's Fonds made several information activities and collected money for some water holes for the white stork. An establishment of about 23 amphibian water holes have now taken place. Is it too late?

Some white storks visit Denmark during the year like this lonely stork who was on its way to the Skern Aa Delta, where it has been seen for some time now.

photo at Borris, West Jutland, August 2008: grethe bachmann

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